3 tips for you: how to master a bike trip.
ycling is not just something for athletes or people who love sports. Everybody can cycle from A to B, the question is, if you are mentally prepared and also organised. My first trips were totally unprepared. In 2011 I took an old bike and just hit the road towards Germany. Remember, I was in Greece and had no money and no idea where to go and how to make it happen. My drive was to see the world, the same drive I have today. The difference today: I am way more organised and I prepare my trips now.
Here my 3 tips for you, when you plan a bike trip.
- You need to know what you like. If you know what you like, you have the power to decide for it. Because it is a difference to cycle from Spain to France or if you cycle from India to Nepal. Trust me on this: as more you know what kind of adventure you really love, as more you will go with the right and especially clear mind set into preparation. So know what you are seeking for. If you know what you love, then you start to consider clothes, the bike/equipment and the time you need to take off from work, to make this happen. You dive into the bike trip, you paint all the trip in your head, because you know what you love. The image gets better and you can see yourself on the bike, cycling the streets and roads, you see your breaks and where you sleep. You know the area (more wild, more from city to city, more in Asia or you prefer Europe) - so as more you know, as better you can calculate the budget. I will give you the next months a lot of numbers, as I was cycling all around the world on different budgets.
- Don´t plan the route too much. Yes, many of the traveler I met told me, that they organised their route already way before they started and then finally, when they started, they had to face that the route is - because of many different things - not possible to ride. So they had to come up with a new one and all their work was useless, as they had to take what they found on the spot. I have the same experience, therefore I suggest you to check on spot how the conditions are and whats the best route to take, to reach your goal. And something else: If you want to cycle for 2500 km, do not plan 2500 km in one piece, share it. Plan the first 400 km and see how it goes and then decide again for the next 400km.
- Keep calm and consider yourself always as guest in the country you travel. Look, I do this now for more than 10 years. I started with no money and today I can do comfortable bike rides, as I learned from the past and worked up my ass to have a bit of comfort, during those bike trips. I never get stressed from other people, as other people can not get me to this point anymore. What stresses me is myself and this has to do with the fact, that I am not taking the time to prepare or that I woke up and started my day too late or simply did not like my breakfast. Those little things can fuck up your bike trip, so what I do in those cases is very simple: I breath deep and focus to relax. I try to see the bigger image. I have the amazing privilege to make those bike trips, so there is no reason to be stressed. Let´s have a great time with the people. Maybe I even skip a day and play with kids some football, who cares if I reach a day later in the next city - life is about the present moments, right?
I share now a cool video with you, where you can hear about my first bike experiences.
Much love to you.
PS: Let´s get connected on Instagram - you find me @bike4peace
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